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 Prof. Benyam Mezmur

Position: Professor
Department: Community Law Centre
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Tel: 021 959 3602
Fax: 021 959 2411


 Benyam Dawit Mezmur, from Ethiopia, specialises on children’s rights law. He is a member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, and served as its Chairperson from 2015-2017, and as Vice-Chairperson from 2013-2015.
At the regional level, Professor Mezmur continues to serve on the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), a treaty body of the African Union. He served as its Chairperson twice, from 2012-2014, and from 2015-2017, and is currently its special rapporteur on children and armed conflict in Africa.
In his full-time post, he is an Associate Professor of Law, and Coordinator of the Children’s Rights Project at the Dullah Omar Institute (named after its founder, the first Minister of Justice of Democratic South Africa) for Constitutional Law, Governance, and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in South Africa. In early 2018, he was appointed as Deputy Dean for Post-Graduate and Research Matters of the Faculty.





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